Another Year Has Come and Gone
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
"And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been."
― Rainer Maria Rilke
2016 left as fast as it came! I can barely even remember all the things that happened in this year! It was all such a blur and time flew by so fast and I just had so much shit going on - planning a wedding (well two, actually), going to school full time while still working full time, spending time with my little family (aka Israel and Berks), trying to be more of an avid blogger, trying to spend more time with my parents and siblings - and it's all just a little too much in such a short amount of time.
But this post is here to reminisce about all the wonderful and great things that came about in 2016. So here we go!
My year started off with a bang - Israel and I got engaged. I remember the day like it was yesterday. Israel and I decided to celebrate Valentine's day early because we had nothing else going on and when I told him I would rather do it earlier than on Valentine's - he was all in a panic and kept saying "it has to be romantic, okay?", which is so odd for him to say because we are not romantic what so ever ...
All I remember was Israel saying we needed to go for a walk after dinner and we could take photos for my blog that night. I was a little iffy about it because it was freezing and I didn't feel like staying outside in a dress, taking photos for my blog. But instead, he got down on one knee as asked me to marry him. I was so happy, I cried. Israel makes me more emotional than I ever need to be. But I couldn't imagine spending the rest of my life with anyone else.
And all in the same year, we got married - our first wedding to be more precise. This wedding was mostly for legal purposes because when we fly down to DR for our "actual" wedding we won't have to worry about paper work and any legal documents that don't get translated properly! It was more for us to enjoy ourselves in May.
But this wedding meant a lot for me - we wrote down our vows and read them to each other, and of course, I cried again. Being with someone that understands me and loves me unconditionally makes me more happier than I could have ever imagined. Israel makes everyday worth living for.
As for a vacation - I went no where that exciting. I think it's the first year in a long time that I haven't actually gone anywhere! I did however go on a mini vacation with close friends and family to Calgary for the stampede. It didn't turn out as we planned it - we skipped out on a bill, didn't all get to go to Banff together, got so tired from walking around that we didn't even do anything the second night we were there - but I guess that just means I'm getting old?! I mean, I did turn 28 this year.... Overall, I still had a good time and it was nice to be away from reality even if it was only for a little bit.
For me - my family has gotten a little bigger this year. I've always thought of Israel's family like family to me but now that we're actually married, they feel even more like family now. I feel like I've gotten to know them all a little better and understand them a little better. And that goes with my family as well. I feel like I've gotten a lot closer with my parents, especially my dad. I enjoy spending time with my family and I hands down choose to hang out with my family over anything else.
2016 was a good year for me. Even though it didn't feel like I did very much, a lot has happened in my life. I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store for me!
- The Cassie Paige
Photos by Israel